So I’m in Los Angeles today getting ready for a customer meeting and then flying back tonight on the redeye flight to Dulles (oh joy!).  I figure I’ve got a little time so I stop off at the Starbucks Coffee on La Cienega right across from the Beverly Center in order to get some coffee and to sit down and get online with the T-Mobile HotSpot they have.  I was scanning a story in the New York Times today about the problems some people in New York are having going green.  The story mentions a woman and her fiance in Brooklyn who have started a garden and composting and discovered that if you leave lettuce in the ground too long and it went bad when they finally decided to pick it.  On top of that they found maggots in their compost pile. 

The story continues by recounting the problems a restaraunt on the upper east side had as well as a couple trying to renovate their brownstone and a woman who has decided to become a locavore.  However, and this is what I liked, even though these people are facing these problems and complications they are persevering and feel that it is important to keep moving forward.  Like them I’ve had my fair share of problems in the garden — right now it’s a combination of too many tomatoes (we should all have that problem) and, unfortunately, an infestation of spotted cucumber beetles.   However, I will figure out the solution to these problems.  I’m planning on getting a dehydrator to freeze dry the tomatoes and have them as a snack food for the kids (I’m also looking at building my own solar dehydrator as well).  I’m looking at starting to can and preserve the excess vegetables (as well as give some of them away to friends in the neighborhood).

On the compost side of the world, animals (most likely raccoons) have been breaking into my compost piles in the back yard.  The solution — build a new compost system that’s sturdier (I’ve learned my lesson — don’t go for the plastic composters at Costco — they just don’t hold up).  On top of that I’m going to resolve the problem with the fence around the house so I can let the dog out into the back yard without worrying about him escaping and running around the neighborhood.  He’ll hopefully mark the backyard with his scent and that might help dissaude the wild animals from coming around.

The fact is this is not a smooth road.  But we must make this journey.  The world needs every bit of help it can get and we need to stop priming the global warming pump.  America can make an enormous difference in this area and we can definitely lead the way…even if our leaders are unwilling to lead us.  I’m not suggesting that Congress or, heaven forbid, this administration draft a resolution or legislation to encourage people to grow their own victory gardens or to compost more.  Hell they can’t even get tax incentives renewed for solar and wind energy projects.  But it would be nice to see this government lead by example and to adopt gardens and compost piles wherever they can.  It would be nice to see a vegetable garden growing on the U.S. Capital’s front lawn (or even in the Washington Mall).  But alas, that’s wishful thinking.

To those who are making the effort — keep at it.  The world will thank you for it in the long run…and I say “thank you” now. 

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